Reflecting Overhead

As promised, here is at least a second entry in this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Reflecting, which is one of my favorite things to bring into a photograph.

In this image, there is a bit of a different reflection, as it connects the leaves to bring them back into touch with the tree, from which they departed during their autumnal journey…

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Thoughts of a Time Passed


These leaves are looking to rejoin their original trees, a fight against the indomitable force of gravity, which they cannot win.

This too shall pass

Sometime beauty tumbles

There are few things in Nature more temporary than mayflys and (some) mushrooms.  The former comes with the rite of Spring and the promise of Summer to come, whereas the latter is an opportunistic, spore-driven wonder of Nature, which can take amazing shapes and present stunning beauty.

Quite often these beauties are reviled and simply trodden upon, rather than appreciated, as their location on forest floors doesn’t protect them from the inconsiderate travellers through their domain.

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The Gentle Mushroom

This little beauty stood proud among the detritus of the forest floor, showing off as a jewel among common pebbles.  Several hours after I captured it in this photo, it was gone….

Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post prompt of Temporary.

Wanderlust – the Path

Exploring a path!

With the inspiration from the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme of Wanderlust, there may still be a couple of images that I’ll share.

In this 4th episode, I’d like to share another tale of wandering about.  This occurred during a weekend of moose photography in Baxter State Park in Northern Maine.  The group that I was with was rather loud, so, after clearing it with the tour leader, I went for a bit of exploration on the other side of the pond where we were shooting.

Which led me down this wonderful path surrounded by mossy ground…

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The Path

 

This was one of those paths that you just want to follow, as you know that there’s something magical up ahead.  And sometimes there isn’t…  I enjoyed this path as it led me to more small ponds, none of which provided really wonderful photo opportunities.  I even tested out the moss to find that it was indeed really soft!

Sometimes, it is just the joy of following a path, even when you don’t know where it leads.  And in this case it was also the joy of finding some solitude.

Oh, and by the way, when you’re in the woods, it is wonderful to be quiet and listen to all those little sounds of Nature; loud conversations carry for at least half a mile!

Wanderlust – Wanderlost

Out of the fog comes clarity

As I feel a bit inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme of Wanderlust, I figure that I’ll share some of my travel and wandering about images over the next couple of days.

In this 3rd episode, I’d like to take a little twist on the Wanderlust theme and bring in the concept of Wanderlost, as there are times when I allow myself to get lost in order to really enjoy the paths that I have not traversed before.  It’s quite enjoyable for me to not always know what to expect around the next bend, as I explore and can be genuinely surprised by what I find.

Sometimes this means that I literally cannot see what lies ahead, as in this case…

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Foggy View up Monadnock

 

When fellow photographer, George Fellner, and I decided to hike mount Monadnock in Southern New Hampshire, we expected to get a view from its 3,165 foot top. As we started getting up a little higher, our path started looking foggier and foggier, as you can see in this image.  By the time we got to the top, visibility was about 10-15 feet, as we were surrounded by low-hanging clouds.  It was a wonderful hike, with an outcome that neither of us expected.

The amazing part of this experience was how wonderful it felt to be embraced by the clouds and experience the stillness atop Monadnock, as if we were in a sensory deprivation tank.  Very meditative!

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 7

This could be a prince!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this seventh and final episode, I’d like to feature a group of animals that have adapted themselves perfectly to the water-rich planet that we call home: Amphibians.  Their ability to make the best use of both water and land environment, has made them an evolutionary success story.

On top of that, they are often gorgeous to look at, such as this one….

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Patient Frog

This shot came about when I noticed this beautiful frog sitting next to a decorative pond; I decided to try and approach it, by crawling on my stomach to slowly get within shooting distance.  As I got closer, I’d take another image or two, until I got myself hanging out over the pond to get this angle.  After this shot, I put my camera down and gently pulled myself back on safe ground.

The frog never moved!

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using an Canon EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/60 second at f/7.1 and 400 ISO.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 5

Beauty to behold.

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this fifth episode, I’m going to another part of the animal kingdom: lepidoptera!  Usually, butterflies are admired by most of us from a young age, as they are frail and beautiful.  Their close cousings, the moths, tend to have a bad rap, as we all know about keeping moths away from woolen clothes, lest they be moth-eaten!

However, there many gorgeous species of moths, such as this Giant Swallowtail!

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Giant Swallowtail

This image came from a trip to a local butterfly habitat where this beautiful moth was sitting quietly, hoping for more warmth, as it tried to recover, as it had been touched by someone, who didn’t think about how delicate these creatures are.

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/125 second at f/6.3 and 200 ISO.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 4

Catch bull moose at 4!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

One of the areas of amazing diversity is the Animal Kingdom.  The level of adaptation to the opportunities presented in our planet’s environment is simply stunning!  From bacteria that thrive in volcanic vents on the bottom of the ocean to birds of paradise that create mating displays beyond human comprehension and everything in between!

Among my favorites is the moose, featured in our fourth episode…

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Bull Moose in Rain

This image was captured in June, 2006, during a photography weekend led by the wonderful photographer, Mark Picard, whose moose and nature photography are stunning!  As it happened, we were graced by a significant amount of rain during this weekend, for which I was prepared; one of the advantages of doing a lot of outdoor photography in New England is that preparation for lots of different weather conditions becomes second nature.

Despite the weather, we saw around 27 moose in under three days, which was phenomenal.  This bull was very happy grazing the underwater vegetation in this pond and was clealy not affected by the rain 🙂

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG lens.  Exposure settings were 1/250 second at f/5.6 and 1000 ISO.